Reinventing the Steel

Reinventing the Steel is the ninth and final studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on March 21, 2000[1] through EastWest Records.

Reinventing the Steel
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)
GenreGroove metal
ProducerDimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, Sterling Winfield
Pantera chronology
Official Live: 101 Proof
Reinventing the Steel
The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!
Pantera studio album chronology
The Great Southern Trendkill
Reinventing the Steel
Singles from Reinventing the Steel
  1. "Revolution Is My Name"
    Released: January 23, 2000
  2. "Goddamn Electric"
    Released: March 17, 2000
  3. "I'll Cast a Shadow"
    Released: June 16, 2000
  4. "Hole in the Sky"
    Released: November 21, 2000 (Japan)


In Australia, a two-disc "Tour Edition" of the album was released. The first disc consists of the album proper, while the second is an unofficial hits compilation.

Unlike other Pantera releases, two B-sides were recorded during the Reinventing the Steel sessions, those being "Avoid the Light" and "Immortally Insane", found on the Dracula 2000 and Heavy Metal 2000, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre soundtracks, respectively.

Lyrics and styleEdit

Reinventing the Steel contains lyrics mostly about the band itself, as on "We'll Grind that Axe for a Long Time" (where the band members tell about how they have kept it "true" throughout the years, while many of their peers "sucked up for the fame") and "I'll Cast a Shadow" (about Pantera's influence on the genre). There are also songs about their fans, like "Goddamn Electric" and "You've Got to Belong to It". "Goddamn Electric" mentions Black Sabbath and Slayer, two of the Pantera's main influences. The band members dedicated Reinventing the Steel to their fans, who they viewed as their "brothers and sisters".


The cover art is a photo taken by Scott Caliva (1967–2003), a friend of lead singer Phil Anselmo. Caliva took the photo while attending a party at Anselmo's house where a bonfire was built. One of the patrons jumped through the bonfire clutching a bottle of Wild Turkey. Scott captured the moment and it became the cover art for Reinventing the Steel.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Alternative Press     [3]
The Austin Chronicle     [4]
Chronicles of Chaos7/10[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
Q     [3]
Robert Christgau [8]
Rolling Stone     [9]

Reinventing the Steel reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, number 8 on the Top Canadian Albums chart, and number 5 on the Top Internet Albums chart. It held its position in the Billboard 200 for over 12 weeks. The album's fifth track, "Revolution Is My Name", reached number 28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 2, 2000,[10] however, the album has yet to reach platinum status, making it Pantera's only major label studio album not to reach sales of 1,000,000. The album will be reissued in October 2020, with extra discs including a new mix by Terry Date and also unreleased tracks to honor the album's 20th anniversary. [11] [12]

Review scoresEdit

Rolling Stone (5/25/00, p. 73) – 3.5 stars out of 5 – "Metal-revivalist....relying on the genre's primal elements of rage and analog noise...chopped up with squealing dissonance....brutal enough to please underground purists and familiar enough for weekend headbangers."[9]

Entertainment Weekly (3/24/00, p. 102) – "...resumes their scorched-earth policy with vigor....dropping aural anvils [along] with a dash of inventiveness..." – Rating: B+[7]

Q magazine (6/00, p. 112) – 3 stars out of 5 – "Pantera's attempt to upgrade [Judas Priest's] British Steel-era pure metal spirit....unequivocal heavy metalness."[3]

Alternative Press (7/00, pp. 108–9) – 5 out of 5 – "An undiluted, unvarnished slab of riffs paying distinct homage to Judas Priest's British Steel, and not just in a titular sense, but in basic song construction."[3]

CMJ (4/3/00, p. 32) – "Crammed with everything they've used to revolutionize old-school it could have been easily made in between the quartet's back-to-back classics."[3]

NME (4/15/00, p. 34) – 6 out of 10 – "An unfashionably old-school metal's Pantera's bid to herald the rebirth of bullet-belt, cut-off denim metal....It's a solid album, oozing drunk-as-hell metal spirit."[3]


In the 2000 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards, the album was voted "Album of the Year" and "Album Cover of the Year" (tying with Iron Maiden's Brave New World for the latter), while the single "Revolution Is My Name" won "Song of the Year".[13]

"Revolution Is My Name" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2001, but lost to Deftones' "Elite".

The album was ranked at #2 on Guitar World's Readers Poll for "The Top 10 Guitar Albums of 2000".[14]

A section of "Death Rattle" was used for the 2001 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants called "Pre-Hibernation Week".

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Pantera[15].

2."Goddamn Electric"4:56
3."Yesterday Don't Mean Shit"4:19
4."You've Got to Belong to It"4:13
5."Revolution Is My Name"5:15
6."Death Rattle"3:17
7."We'll Grind That Axe for a Long Time"3:44
9."It Makes Them Disappear"6:21
10."I'll Cast a Shadow"5:22
Total length:43:53
Japanese edition bonus track
11."Hole in the Sky" (Black Sabbath cover)4:17
Total length:48:10



Additional musicians



Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[16] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 26
Canadian Albums Chart[18] 8
Dutch Albums Chart[19] 55
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 3
French Albums Chart[21] 21
German Albums Chart[22] 18
Irish Albums Chart[23] 31
New Zealand Albums Chart[24] 10
Norwegian Albums Chart[25] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[26] 27
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 84
UK Album Chart[28] 33
The Billboard 200[18] 4


Song Chart (2000) Peak
"Revolution Is My Name" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
UK Rock Chart 20
"I'll Cast a Shadow" 15


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